Shepherd offers free online Lifelong Learning courses

Shepherd offers free online Lifelong Learning courses
McMurran Hall at Shepherd University fronts East German Street in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

, at Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is offering an opportunity for the public to engage free-of-charge in its Lifelong Learning program through a series of classes online that are open to anyone.


The classes will be delivered in March and April through the Zoom software platform, according to Cecelia Mason, a spokesperson for the university.

Courses that will be offered include:

March 24—8:30-10 a.m., Group Café Society discussion about contemporary social and political issues with Mike Austin and Dr. Jim Bowen.


March 25—3:30-5 p.m., Election 2020 with Daniel Bennett.

March 26—11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Current International Issues Discussion Group with Fred Turco.

April 1—8:30-10 a.m., Jesus (and Paul) Before Christianity, Part 2 with Randy Tremba, who will examine the scriptural foundations of the original “Jesus Movement” and see how it went awry; 10:15-11:45 a.m. Psychology for Today with Dr. Marty Amerikaner, who will offer insights into protecting mental health during the COVID-19 crisis; 1:45-3:15 p.m., Encounters with the Constitution with Dr. Raymond Smock, who will take a broad look at the story of the U.S. Constitution from its drafting in 1787 to the impeachment of President Trump; and 3:30-5 p.m., Short Stories and Poetry: Genres of Focus for the Head and Heart with Roger Bernstein offering a discussion of masterful stories and lyric poems and exploring what is working to convey powerful moments of insight into human experience.

April 2—9-10:30 a.m., 21st Century Wonders in Science and Technology with Steve Bartlett offering an overview of current topics exploring different areas of modern technological and scientific research and their impact on our everyday worlds, such as artificial intelligence, black holes, stem cells, and dark matter.


April 16—3:30-5 p.m., Six Significant Union Strikes with John Case hosting a discussion of six labor strikes that illustrate key historical and social turning points in U.S. economic and labor history, some for good, some for ill, with plenty of references for the challenges of today.

Anyone interested in participating can contact Karen Rice, director of Lifelong Learning, at To keep up with other courses that may be offered, visit the Lifelong Learning page.

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